Knoxville woodworker Kellen Catani’s engineering background helps inform his stylish yet straightforward pieces (see above), ranging from kitchen tools to home decor. He also displays a reverence for the wood itself, and does not use stains or veneers.
Info/Buy: PureBred Wood and Craft Co., purebredwood.com
South Knoxville’s Marble City Glassworks not only produces unique glass decor, but also offers classes to teach anyone the skills to create their own hot-glass creations. Owner Matt Salley apprenticed with glass artist Richard Jolley, and the studio’s products reveal an artistic viewpoint.
Buy: etsy.com/shop/marblecityglassworks, plus Knoxville Soap Candle & Gifts, and the KMA gift store
Rustic Barnwood Headboard
Brannon McCaleb’s ReBarn Custom Home Furnishings specializes in the recycling old wood into new creations for the home, from side tables to entertainment centers. This made-to-order headboard uses reclaimed lumber from 50- to 100-year-old tobacco barns, grain bins, and fences.
New-Fashioned Water Carafe
The Pretentious Beer & Glass Company is the Old City’s secret family attraction, and owner Matthew Cummings is happy to explain how he makes his delightful glasses, such as this stylish “new-fashioned” carafe.
Buy: 133 S. Central St., 865-313-2111; etsy.com/shop/PretentiousBeerGlass
Editor Coury Turczyn guided Knoxville's alt weekly, Metro Pulse, through two eras, first as managing editor (and later executive editor) from 1992 to 2000, then as editor-in-chief from 2007 to 2014. He's also worked as a Web editor at CNET, the erstwhile G4 cable network, and HGTV.
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